For many of us, a card and flowers just don’t feel like a big enough “thank you” to the moms, mother figures, and caregivers in our lives who’ve been stretched beyond comprehension even before the pandemic. So we’ve put together six care packages with unique, delicious, and much-needed gifts just for her (even if she says all she wants is a phone call).
No matter how she’s spending her day—in the bath, curled up on the couch with a book, or on FaceTime with you—these ideas will make sure she feels as special as she is. Here’s hoping this Mother’s Day looks a lot different than the last few years.
Whether or not the trip is actually booked, some gifts can help transport her the moment they’re unwrapped. Candles that capture the essence of a five-star island resort or the seabreeze rolling into the Amalfi Coast, plus organic malbec, chardonnay, and rosé from the vineyards of Argentina, Chile, and the Mediterranean are perfect places to start. Toss in a sunny cotton turkish towel, a Summer Fridays skin-care kit complete with a full-size Jet Lag Mask, and a luxe leather travel case set—indulgent grab-and-go essentials for any destination (but ideally one far, far away).
If you inherited your mom’s appetite for bold, loud flavors and appreciation for foods from all over the world, why not thank her with a care package with treats that are totally out of the box? Fill it with non-traditional treats like Mexican spicy mango slices; a unique ACV alternative like a sweet and tart persimmon vinegar for salads, marinades, or a splash in seltzer; and a box of exquisite, melt-in-your-mouth ROYCE’ Nama chocolates from Hokkaido. For extra points, a gift card to Goldbelly to shop whatever she wants, cooking courses with Masterclass to learn from the pros, or a virtual cooking class from Uncommon Experiences.
Is your mom talking non-stop about the next family gathering? Supply her with gifts that feed her energy (and save it, too). The highly anticipated debut cookbook from Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest comes out this spring and it’s full of spread-worthy recipes for feel-good feasts (Gerard herself comes from a ginormous family). Hook mom up with the air fryer she’s been thinking about but will never buy for herself, and slip in a FiveTwo baking set for good measure. A couple decks of Table Topics will keep the conversation flowing between the satisfied silence of savoring mom’s home cooking.
This is all moms, right? Don’t worry—this is what care packages are designed to do. Treat your mom to a little bit of luxury right at home with an irresistibly plush bathrobe and spa-inspired goodies: a moisturizing Body Stone of cocoa butter and nourishing oils that glides over skin like silk, a deep conditioning and deliciously smelling lip butter, a hand-care kit for rejuvenating skin, and a kit for a tension-relieving soak in the bath.
If your mom doesn’t pick up her phone because she’s lost in a book again, here’s what we suggest, starting with Etsy’s wide assortment of book page holders like these wooden ones for easier reading. A book journal is a fun way to help her keep track of the many titles in her rotation, but if she can’t decide on her next book, this small biz sends a book based on her favorite genre (you can also share a Goodreads link or a list of favorite authors to get more specific). And to make reading time even better, a weighted blanket and a portable glass that’s perfect for sipping wine or iced coffee on the deck, in the park, at the beach, or really, any place.
When the first grandchild arrives, there may be nothing else that makes your mom happier than celebrating the family’s newest addition. This Mother’s Day is doubly special and a few gifts can help her cherish the promotion to Grandma: a digital picture frame for wirelessly sharing photos of your little one as they grow up, a fun "Grandma" sweatshirt, a recipe binder with pages for passing down family favorites, and a subscription to StoryWorth to preserve meaningful family memories in a beautiful keepsake book. And just to add to the book trend, slip in your favorite book as a child so your mom can read it to your baby one day soon.